Play ideas for little ones

Tyre Inner Tube Swing

on June 15, 2012

My kids absolutely love their tyre swing – and it was so easy and inexpensive to make.

Things you’ll need

  • One 4 wheel drive sized inner tube
  • Rope about 4 meters
  • Carabiner Hook
  1. Visit your local tyre shop or mechanic to purchase a new 4 wheel drive inner tube, you can go for larger tyre swings if you like, but I found that the 4 wheel drive tube was a great size for my swing set.  Mine cost $35 new.
  2. Inflate your tyre at the petrol station air pump
  3. Cut the legs off an old pair of jeans or other thick pants so that they can be used to cover the inner tube’s air vent as well as provide some protection for the inner tube from rope burn.
  4. Insert one of the jean legs into the other to double up the fabric
  5. Tie the rope ends together so that the rope forms a loop
  6. Thread the rope through the jean legs and place the jean legs and rope over the inner tube air vent, to wrap around the inner tube
  7. Thread one end of the looped rope through the other and pull to loop around the inner tube.
  8. Tie the rope around the inner tube a few times and attach the carabiner hook.
  9. That’s it.  You’re now ready to give it a go on your swing set.  You can hook it up to the swing set directly or onto a chain for height adjustment.

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